Additional livelihood assistance given to SAF 44 families

the Department of Labor and Employment has responded to requests for livelihood assistance of 19 family-beneficiaries of the 44 members of the Philippine National Police’s Special Action Force (SAF) who perished in the Mamasapano incident. To date, a total of P444,829 to 16 of the 19 beneficiaries has been released.

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This does not include the assistance of other convergence partners in the national government, such as the Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Interior and Local Government, Health, and Philippine National Police, all of which have extended services to the families in their own way.

Earlier, Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said that the DOLE, through its Employees Compensation Commission, has facilitated the release of P979,755.49 in employees’ compensation benefits to the beneficiaries of the SAF 44. The compensation benefits consists of a pension—ranging from P706.50 to P3,774.08 a month (depending on the salary of the individual SAF member, length of service, and number of minor dependents) for the surviving spouse until she remarries, and 10 percent of that pension for up to five children until they reach the age of 21—and funeral benefits of P20,000.

Of the 19 who requested for livelihood assistance, one beneficiary said she is no longer interested. Another one is still abroad but will soon return. And one has yet to decide.

Citing a report of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), which monitors the compliance of DOLE Regional Offices to her directive to prioritize the families and beneficiaries of the slain SAF members, Baldoz said the delivery of livelihood assistance depended on what the beneficiaries requested, with the DOLE providing the guidelines and handholding.

[Read more about the livelihood assistance extended to some of the beneficiaries]

— From the Department of Labor and Employment